[Tweeters] Ridgefield NWR: SANDHILL CRANES and BARN OWL

Will Clemons willclemons at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 14 15:29:58 PDT 2008

My Mom (Olive), her friend Eileen, and I birded the River "S" Unit at Ridgefield NWR (~4mi W of I-5 at Exit 14 in SW Washington; http://www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges/ ).

We were there from about 7a until 2p.


SANDHILL CRANES are back and we saw about a dozen and heard more.

GREEN HERON: One was still hanging around the first water after the entrance gate to the Kiwa Trail.

BARN OWL: Pure luck on this beauty, as we were in the Oregon Ash woodland after the Kiwa Trail parking lot. We had stopped and got out of the car so Mom could see some Raccoons (adult + 3 kits) on the far bank of the water control canal. While we were watching them, a large bird switched limbs. At first I thought it a hawk when it lit anew, as was in mixed light and shade. When we got binocular views you could clearly see it was a BARN OWL that had changed to a better napping perch. It looked briefly at us and then returned to dozing.

Will Clemons
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Complete list of 48 species seen / heard:

Pied-billed Grebe
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Turkey Vulture
Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Purple Martin
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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